by Dr. Norman L. Coad
We See What We Want to See
Human beings, including the professional communities, see what they want to see. The Christian counselor and the psychological community suffer from preconceived ideas of the past and inadequate research to the point that they almost function in isolation from one another. We see what we want to see. Even if something exists, we will often not be aware of it when we refuse to consider it as improbable or if it doesn’t match our idea of what should be. We become blind.
To illustrate, I give a personal example: I had returned from Africa ill and was put in the hospital for testing. They found a growth in my bladder that looked like cancer. With all the thorough testing they found nothing else wrong. They informed me that they would have to remove my bladder. However, before the surgery they ordered a twenty-four hour urine catch. The doctor who had been in the tropics during WWII knew I had lived in the tropics, often in primitive conditions. He ordered the staff to look for the unusual. With that instruction they found the Nile River Bladder Fluke. I still have my bladder!
I asked, “Did they not do other urine studies?”
He said, “Yes, but they did not see it because they were not looking for it.”
Was it difficult to see?”
No, not at all! When they began looking for it, it was as plain as the nose on your face!”
The Supernatural and Spiritual Are Described In The Bible and Therefore Knowable
In order to experience the supernatural one must allow that reality includes the spiritual. One must transform one’s world view to experience the reality that the spirit world is everywhere present. We only accept knowledge and wisdom about the spiritual if we think it true, real, helpful and necessary.
The Supernatural World
The supernatural world is divided into two distinct areas. There is that which is good, strong, kind, productive, nurturing, forgiving, loving, loves truth, is trustworthy, protects and perseveres to the end. This is of God and the Bible. The other part of the supernatural is ruled by Satan, demons, spirits of the dead and workers of iniquity. It is mean, filled with envy, malicious, arrogant, disrespectful, rude, easily angered, rageful, trusts few (if any), keeps record of every wrong, hates, seeks ways to retaliate, does harm and murders. This spiritual power base is quite often immoral, jealous, selfish and given to drunkenness, orgies, selfish ambitions, creates discord and creates factions which set us against each other.
Modern Day Satanism and Paganism
Most do not see the spiritual manifested in human behavior. They are blind and unaware of the consequences of their sinful behaviors. Two men make it clear: Carl Jung, who reinterpreted the evil spiritual as good, healthy and desirable and Anton LaVey, who founded the Church of Satan, complete with satanic teachings and rituals. In LaVey’s Book of Satan he states “right and wrong have been inverted too long” and challenged readers to “rebel against the laws of Satan and God.” In both Jung and LaVey, Satan, demons, evil spirits, evil, wickedness, corruption and violence are assigned a positive role in the affairs of men. Immanuel Kant paved the way to Paganism. The reality of this is never considered in many of those who follow Pagan ways.
Whatever their role, teachers, priests and priestesses, philosophers, writers, executives, news and media play rights, actors and politicians lend themselves to the spirit beings who use them for Satan’s purposes.
It is written in the Bible, “our struggle is not against flesh and blood (human beings) but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the forces of evil in the heavenly realms (Ephesians 6:12, NIV).
Paganism and Judeo-Christian religion represent the two main world views in world religions and civilizations. Pagan is not Christian. They are always at war with each other. At best, they tolerate each other like wheat and tares (Matthew 13:24–30). Their spiritual structures are absolutely opposed to each other.
Both worlds have a spiritual structure that makes up their respective kingdoms. The Judeo-Christian kingdom is composed of:
- The Lord—God the Father, God the Son, our savior and redeemer and God the Holy Spirit, the indwelling Spirit of the Lord that empowers us to live a holy and good life. He rules over all.
- The angels of the Lord that are mighty and do His bidding. They obey His Word.
- The heavenly hosts—the redeemed, spirit indwelt human beings who were saved by grace through faith before they died and went to Heaven. They do His will.
- You and I who have been created by Him. We are workers of righteousness, created in Christ Jesus to do good works which God prepared in advance for us to do (Psalm 15:1–5; Ephesians 2:10).
The outline of the above is taken from Psalm 105:19–22.
The pagan structure is a demonic structure over which the prince of the power of the air, Satan, rules, to which we all belonged at one time as we gratified the cravings of our sinful nature and followed his kingdom’s desires and thoughts and were objects of the wrath of God (Ephesians 2:1–3).
Satan’s pagan structure is described in God’s Word. The Satanic world structure is made up of Satan, fallen angels (demons), spirits of the dead and workers of iniquity:
- Satan, a fallen angel who was cast out of Heaven because he wanted to be God. He is the ruler of this dark world of sin (Isaiah 14:3–23; 14:12).
- The fallen angels, called demons, who obey him and work against us, were cast out of Heaven by Michael and the angels of the Lord (Revelation 12:7–9).
- There are the spirits of the dead, some of which are our relatives, familiar or ancestral spirits, who have never been saved by grace through faith. They do Satan’s will against us. These are the unredeemed of all the ages.
- There are workers of iniquity, living human beings who do evil, wickedness, corruption and violence (Genesis 6:1–4; Psalm 5:5,6; 14:4; 28:3; 92:7; 94:4, 16; 141:9).
“Workers of iniquity” is a King James Bible term in the Old Testament. These individuals are called belial, (meaning “worthless”) men and women who work wickedness and destruction (Deuteronomy 13:13; Judges 20:1–13; I Kings 21:1–18 KJV). In the Greek they are called “reprobate”, depraved and rejected by God, because, over time, they had done wickedness to a point where they had corrupted themselves (by continually doing evil) until they themselves became controlled by the evil they did and they came to approve and applaud those who hate righteousness (Romans 1:18–32).
Hidden Places Inside Us
The most common place where demons hide and do evil is inside us. Jesus said, “It is not what goes into a man that defiles him but what comes out of his mouth that makes him unclean”. The things that come out of the heart make him unclean. For out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, adultery, sexual immorality, theft, false testimony and slander, these make him unclean (Matthew 15:10–20).
Evidently, there was a commonly held teaching of which the Jewish believers were quite knowledgeable. Paul and the Jewish believers of the early church understood that our sinful nature and the lusts of the flesh fight against us. In Romans 7:14–25 Paul describes,
…I am sold as a slave to sin. I do not understand what I do. For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do…. As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. I know nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing…. For in my inner being I delight in God’s law, but I see another law at work in the members of my body, waging war against the law of my mind and making me a prisoner of the law of sin at work within my members… I’m wretched…who will deliver me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, [I am rescued (author’s addition)] through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Our unseen sinful nature and our visible flesh are destructive to us. However, we struggle with them all the days of our lives. For those who go to Heaven we get a new nature and a new body. We will not have to struggle with these sins any more (Ephesians 4:24; Colossians 3:10; Romans 8:28–30; Colossians 2:28, 29; I Corinthians 15:50–54).
During this life the Lord Jesus Christ gives us victory over our sinful nature and the flesh (Romans 7:24), the Holy Spirit helps in our weakness as He intercedes for us (Romans 8:26, 27). By His power we deny ourselves, take up our cross (an instrument of death) and crucify our flesh and our sinful nature every day, and in the power of the Holy Spirit, follow Him (Luke 9:23; Galatians 2:20, 21; Romans 6:8–10).
Evil, Suffering and Pain
By sin all men and women fall into sinful and corrupt ways (Isaiah 53:5, 6). It produces death in us. (Romans 7:13) After The Fall, when Adam and Eve were separated from God by their disobedient choices, the war between God and Satan came into the human race. There was war between Satan and his offspring and the woman and her offspring. The child born of the woman would kill Satan and sin (Genesis 3:15).
In Genesis 6:1–18 Satan’s counterattack is recorded. He sent fallen angels (demons) to cohabit with human females in order to destroy our humanity (Genesis 6:1-8). The children born to them were called Nephilim. Genetically, they were 50% demon genes and 50% human genes. They showed hybrid vigor, were physically big and strong, heroes of old, men of renown. However their character was corrupt beyond redemption. Every thought of their hearts was only evil all the time. Noah, a preacher of righteousness, preached repentance for a hundred and twenty years, but there was no repentance in them (I Peter 3:19, 20). Their unrepentant character was marked by evil, wickedness, corruption and violence (Genesis 6:5-19).
In that day all died except those in the ark, Noah and his family. But the Nephilim were on earth in those days and also afterwards, that is, after The Flood. The character of the Nephilim survives to this day. Every news program attests to it. All news programs are about evil, wickedness, corruption and violence. Their evil character survives in us—in our flesh and in our sinful nature—Nephilim genes survive in us.
Noah was completely human. His wife was Nephilim (50% demon genes, 50% human genes). Their offspring, their three sons, would be 75% human genes and 25% demon genes. Their wives 50/50. The genetic structure of humans was dominant enough to overcome the demon genes. The result is that Jesus, the God/man was 50% God by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 1:18) and 50% of the line of David. Noah redeemed the human race. The Lord Jesus redeemed all who believe unto God by grace (Ephesians 2:8-10). All these inherit eternal life (I Corinthians 15:2-11).
The Dissociated Part of Each of Us
The most hidden destructive part of us is the dissociated alter. They do not have the Holy Spirit. They are dominated by their sinful nature and the flesh. They are controlled and used by Satan to do his works. They are powerless before the demons, spirits of the dead and ancestral spirits. The evil ones force them by coercion to do evil, wickedness, corruption and violence.
The first researcher into dissociation was Pierre Janet (1859–1947) who used hypnosis as a clinical tool to open up the hidden part of us. His findings include:
- Hysteria (dissociation) is a pathological form of dissociation that functions independently within the personality, which disturbs the individual’s everyday life.
- This condition he called Multiple Personality in which two or more dissociated states function with distinct differences of behavior, mood and intention and are unaware of each other.
- These personalities accepted bodiless beings to interact within them though they existed externally to the individual.
- There is a barrier of amnesia between the dissociated personalities and the conscious part of the individual.
- Hypnosis revealed the condition but was not likely to bring about long term change.
- The personalities held parallel memories quite different from the conscious part of themselves.
- These individuals were persecuted by something and held shameful secrets of pathological behaviors.
- They must be believed until proven that it is untrue.
All of this has been verified true by the present author by many hundreds of dissociated clients.
Sigmund Freud (1859–1939) affirmed these findings and added Jean-Martin Charcot’s finding of traumatic events as the cause of the dissociative response.
At this time, only the therapies based on biblical teaching of deliverance and the biblical world view are able to reverse and heal the dissociation.
The process is incremental. The personalities (here called “alters”) must be found, cleansed of the evil spirits, healed of the wounds and trauma memories, then led to Christ in a transforming, sanctifying salvation experience by grace through faith.
These hidden places that have been described constitute major challenges for biblically based counselors. They are the best prepared spiritually to work with and care for these afflicted individuals. The psychological community has the deepest understanding of the workings of personality. They dominate treatment of all psychological problems. These two camps of caregivers need to receive each other so that the needs of the individuals are met.
1. Jung, C.G. Four Archetypes; Mother, Rebirth, Spirit, Trickster. Princeton, N.J.: Princeton University Press. (contained in Collected Works Vol. 9. part 1), 1970.
2. https://archive.org/stream/pdfy-S7Va9xWFV5XFybhK/The Satanic Bible_djvu.txt.
3. Alex Constantine. Satanism and Ritual Abuse: Case by Case Documentation, February 14.
4. N.L. Coad. Historical Roots of Dissociation, www.coadwordbooks.com/articles/.
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